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OMB Looks to Cut 13 Failed Programs
After a two-year initiative to identify the effectiveness of more than 400 government programs, OMB this week identified 13 programs the agency believes should be cut. OMB officials maintain the programs, ranging from Department of Labor grants for migrant and seasonal farm workers to a literacy program at the Department of Education, are not efficient. The agency contends the $1 billion – the cost of the 13 programs combined - could be used more effectively.
"Government programs, however worthy their goals, should demonstrate they are actually effective at solving problems," according to Bush's 2005 budget. "... If we are not meeting our goals, then we should do something differently to address the shortfall."